(Music) The Maestro of Villarreal

Francisco de Asís Tárrega y Eixea (1852-1909), known simply as Francisco Tárrega, is considered the father of the classical guitar and one of the greatest guitarists in history.

Born in Villarreal, Spain to a watchman at the Convent of San Pascual, Francisco ran away from his father many times, despite that his father made great sacrifice to support his son’s music. Eventually, Tárrega entered the Madrid conservatory under the sponsorship of a wealthy merchant who heard the young man play.

Although the maestro spent most of his life in Spain, he did travel to London to play, where it’s said he composed arguably his most famous piece, Lágrima, in response to the dour weather and people, which he disliked to the point of melancholy. It’s a beautiful piece, recorded by just about everyone on YouTube with a guitar.

Here is Vabejas playing your soundtrack to tonight.

And here is the full ongoing playlist, approaching 800 songs.